Well look at which Portland based apparel designer and manufacturer has scored herself a book deal now: It's Alyson Clair of Clair Vintage Inspired, tapped by the also-local Coletterie, a sewing-centric site that also produces a popular series of sewing patterns for sale on their site:

A coat like this at Frances May? Easily $300+. The Colette pattern goes for $12 for a printable download or $16 for a delivered, pre-printed version.
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  • A coat like this at Frances May? Easily $300+. The Colette pattern goes for $12 for a printable download or $16 for a delivered, pre-printed version.

Clair, who's worked for the big sportswear companies as her day job as well as producing her own line, know her way around sewing productions big and small, and her first book on the subject is focused specifically on what you wear all the time, probably without thinking of it: knits, as ubiquitous as they are difficult.

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We’ve created a gorgeous book that will be available either as a lovely full-color paperback or instantly downloadable ebook. We’ll also be releasing two brand new patterns designed with Alyson Clair just for knits. Think lovely, versatile, feminine basics. All of this is coming to you next month, on April 15th. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing excerpts, the cover, and some behind the scenes stories in the coming weeks as we get closer.

They've also announced (score another point in this local-manufacturing trend) that patterns will have a wider selection of sizes than usual: from size XS to 3X. Look for a launch party coming our way sometime in April or May.